Toyo Ito ‘the tower of winds’

Toyo Ito’s work Tower of winds dross people’s attention and make him become world famous architects. Tower of Winds (1986) and Egg of Winds (1991) are interactive landmarks in public spaces, resulting from a creative interpretation of contemporary technical possibilities. Whilst their function is in fact exhaust air outlets for the underground system below, their significance lies in Ito’s treatment of their opacity, one of the hallmarks of his work. Whilst appearing solid during the day, the perforated aluminum structures “dissolve” at night through the use of computer-controlled light systems which form an interactive display representing measured data such as noise levels in their surrounding vicinity.

The design technique that he use in this tower are

1. Transparency: Using the 21 m aluminum layer on outside is translucence. Thus, people could see the inside building structure.

2. Lights: There are 1000 lights and 12 neon rings combine together and change color depends on time, noise and wind speed. Makes it different from day time.

3. Social environment: The aluminum layer fits the surrounding concrete building but in the night it showing its different side by using color light.

4. Mobility: Winds and noise could change anytime but he use lights and neon to show those vector. So it could change the looking of the building individually.

5. Virtual: at night the lights change due the noise and winds makes the building different from other normal buildings and make it looks like some building that does not exist in the real world.

My model have use the same technique as he did in the tower of wind. At the beginning I have choose to use repacking paper as the outside layer but it had not much vision transparency so I change to material to transparency plastic so that we can see the building inside. However, I have use low transparency board to build the inside building. But then I think making the structure could make the model looks like the real building. Then, I attach the wood sticks to the low transparency board and add aluminum rings. However, I did choose to combine the whole structure on the board and use aluminum stick for substance. For the final one I build up the whole structure by using wood stick and using the black hollow net to represent the aluminum layer and one more transparency plastic on the outside.

Figure 1 First two models
Figure 2 Apply lights
Figure 3 third model
Figure 4 apply lights
Figure 5 using metal sticks
Figure 6 apply lights
Figure 7 the fourth model
Figure 8 Final model in day time
Figure 9 apply lights
Figure 10 bottom
Figure 10 from the top
Figure 11 more lights applied
Figure 12 apply red lights

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